John Kerry Gives Weak Warning to Iran About Yemen Involvement

John Kerry Gives Weak Warning to Iran About Yemen Involvement

Remember all those famous lines in the sand that the Obama Administration used to draw and then never enforce when pushed? Well, folks, they’ve drawn another – without calling it that – with Iran that I’m sure they’ll walk back on in a week or two.

Secretary of State, John Kerry, warned Iran on Wednesday that the United States would not “stand by” as the Iranians continued to back the rebels in Yemen and as the Middle East became “destabilized”.

John Kerry on PBS Newshour
John Kerry on PBS Newshour

Yes, because being stable is what the Middle East if famous for. The Middle East is what we all think of when we think of peace and stability. I mean, come one, there have only been 560 deaths in Yemen – not to mention the deaths in other Middle Eastern countries – this week, so that makes the Middle East a beacon of hope, peace, and freedom abroad.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the Saudi-led (and United States backed) campaign of air strikes against Yemen’s Shiite rebels, the Houthis, was a “mistake”.

“You learned that it was wrong. You will learn, not later but soon, that you are making a mistake in Yemen, too,” said Rouhani, not singling out any country in particular.

While appearing on “PBS Newshour” on Wednesday, Kerry said that Tehran was “obviously” providing the rebels with supplies. The Houthis military advances forced Yemen’s U.S. and Saudi backed president to flee last month, leading to Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies to carry out airstrikes against Houthi targets since March 26.

“Iran needs to recognize that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines — international boundaries — in other countries,” Kerry said. “We have an ability to understand that an Iran with a nuclear weapon is a greater threat than an Iran without one. And at the same time we have an ability to be able to stand up to interference that is inappropriate or against international law, or contrary to the region’s stability and interest and those of our friends.”

On the same day that Kerry’s interview was aired an Iranian destroyer and another naval ship were sent to the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait. Iranian Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari said that the ships were deployed as a part of an anti-piracy campaign to “safeguard naval routes for vessels in the region.” If they just so happen to deliver supplies to the rebels and help prop them up, well that is just a by product, right?

These comments back and forth by Kerry and Rouhani, as well as Iranian naval manuevers, only increase international tension around the fighting in Yemen, with the U.S. supporting the Saudi-led forces on one side and Iran allegedly backing the rebel Houthis on the other side – though Iran and the rebels both deny their involvement.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Wednesday he could not confirm whether “Iranian money or equipment” has been delivered to the rebels, but “we know the Iranians are partnered with the Houthis and they are working together.”

On PBS, Kerry said, “There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran. There are a number of flights every single week that have been flying in.”

All of this unrest has helped provide a cover for Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, which the U.S. and the world consider to be the most dangerous wing of the group.

Of course, we are continuing to try to pursue a nuclear deal with the Iranians – even though they have been difficult to work with and have rejected integral parts of the proposed plan.

And, what is this “we won’t stand by” nonsense? If the Obama Administration has shown the world anything it is that they will stand by and allow massive atrocities to occur – that’s why terrorists continue to push us. This isn’t even a threat to do something that we won’t. Kerry barely gives a warning to the Iranians. This administration has made us a joke abroad.

Honestly, I worry that if a strong Republican does get elected, the damage done by the Obama Administration will be so severe that it will take us decades to reverse and fix.

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